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I'm an inveterate observer of human nature, and my primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or identity. My secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. On my website, robinreardon.com, see individual book pages for “Digging Deeper” sections that link to background information and research done for the novel.

My motto is this: The only thing wrong with being gay is how some people treat you when they find out.

Interests outside of writing include singing, nature photography, and the study of comparative religions. I write in a bu
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Robin Reardon Great question. The answer is rather complex, but I’ll do my best to explain. Once I began to take writing seriously, which meant I devoted time and…moreGreat question. The answer is rather complex, but I’ll do my best to explain. Once I began to take writing seriously, which meant I devoted time and effort to refining my craft, I realized very quickly that my best fiction-writing voice is that of a teenager. Whenever I tried to write in a more adult style in my exercises, it came off as either pedantic (yuck!) or a little too melodramatic. But then it occurred to me: who are the most melodramatic people we know? Teens, of course. Everything is always the most important thing in the world, or it’s “whatever.” And I love that teens between 15 and 17, depending on the person, tend to bounce between “I have everything figured out, and adults know nothing” and “I’m stupid and unimportant, I don’t know anything about anything, and nothing in my life is working.” That dovetails nicely with melodrama.

The next part of the question is why gay teens. As an author, I think the most enthralling stories to write are those where there is emotional conflict, and the cognitive disconnect between what science and human compassion tell us about sexual orientation/identity and the stubborn refusal of those who say, “My mind’s made up; don’t trouble me with facts” is fertile ground for stories. I’ve had many gay friends throughout my life, men and women, and some of the ways in which they’ve been treated by people who won’t open their minds have horrified me enough for me to have done some research into the subject. Add into that mix the fact that while the percentage of people who are gay is probably not higher than 10%, about 33% of teen suicides are teens who are gay or who were bullied because they were believed to be gay.

I write about gay boys for two reasons: 1. I was a real tomboy as a kid, and I had three brothers. 2. I’m not gay myself, so as a woman, I know what it feels like to want a man. A lesbian friend once asked me if I would ever write about lesbian teens, and all I could say was that I’ll need to be a better writer first so I can put myself in that mindset.

Sorry this is so lengthy, but I hope it gives you a little insight into my work. Thanks so much for asking. Keep reading!
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Robin Reardon Danny -- I'm delighted you discovered them! And in terms of wishing material like my books had been available to you as a teen, I've had several…moreDanny -- I'm delighted you discovered them! And in terms of wishing material like my books had been available to you as a teen, I've had several people say the same thing. If only it had been possible to publish stories like these years ago! I'll take the progress; I just wish it hadn't been necessary.

My goal is to write stories about people. "And -- oh, by the way, not that it matters, but some of them happen to be gay." One day, I truly hope, the response would be, "So ... what's your point?" (less)
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For any of my readers who are on Twitter, I've finally taken the plunge. You can find me at @therobinreardon ("robinreardon" was taken).

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Daniel
Robin, I've added Thinking Straight and your other book to my to-read list.


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